St. Louis gardens bloom and get ready for guests

May 22, 2013 by  

St. Louis has a number of public gardens ready to welcome summer visitors. A JS Online article from earlier this month lists four of the places that make the city such a special place for nature lovers, and what they are doing to prepare for the summer

The Missouri Botanical Garden, which dates from 1859, is considered one of the world’s best. It is a National Historic Landmark as well as a botanical research center. On Shaw Boulevard just southwest of downtown St. Louis, it features a koi pond, Japanese garden, children’s garden ,and tram tours, as well as the Kemper Center for Home Gardening, which has 23 demonstration gardens.

‘MoBot’, as it is dubbed, also features a maze, observatory and herb garden tucked into what is called the ‘Victorian District’, but perhaps the most intriguing feature is the Climatron, a geodesic dome that soars to a height of 70 feet and spans a half-acre in the garden’s center.

The much smaller St. Louis CityGarden is located downtown, near the Gateway Arch. It features rain gardens, native plans, waterfalls, and over 20 sculptures by contemporary artists. The garden is free, and is open every day all day, providing a haven of green space amid the skyscrapers.

Suburban Chesterfield boasts the Butterfly House, which features thousands of butterflies, as the name implies. Further from the city in Gray’s Summit lies the Shaw Nature Reserve, offering hiking trails covering 14 miles of varying terrain.

Each garden could work with brochure printers to create a brochure with maps, hours, and, in particular, photographs of the gardens to draw visitors this summer.

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